Sam Houston Portrait (5)

On the first floor above the Welcome Desk in the Margarett Root Brown Foyer hangs a portrait of Sam Houston painted by Houston artist Thurston “Thuse” Donnellan (1840-1908). This portrait appears to have been in a fire and remains dark even after preservation attempts. It’s very likely that the portrait is covered with bitumen (a tar-like substance) which would have softened in the fire allowing smoke and dust to adhere to the surface. This portrait is one of three paintings of Sam Houston created by Donnellan that can be found in Houston; the other two are at Rice University and City Hall.